QueerBomb’s annual Pride month event will be its biggest ever this year, according to organizer Daniel Scott Mullins-Spencer.

A coalition of LGBT activists planning a June 11 march and rally to coincide with the Equality March for Unity and Pride taking place that same day in Washington, D.C. Local equality marches are also planned for June 11 in Fort Worth, Austin and Texarkana.

QueerBomb 2017

QueerBomb 2017 takes place at RBC in Deep Ellum once again. Gates open at 5 p.m., on Saturday, June 24, with a rally at 8 p.m. followed by a march. Mullins-Spencer said the march will conclude with”the largest dance party in Dallas history.”

The march will be dedicated to queer and transgender youth.

“DJ SL has come on board this year to give us a huge boost in production value,” Mullins-Spencer said. He’ll bring lighting projections and other equipment. Other DJs participating include DJ Wiley, DJ Shams and DJ Night Nurse.

The dance party will take place out in the yard at RBC. Inside the club, QueerBomb has a night of entertainment planned that includes drag, bands Star Fruit and Mercury Rocket — both led by gender nonconforming musicians — and spoken word performances with Lady B Smoove and Rodd Gray. Sister Lawna Jocqui, with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, is the rally MC.

“We’re preparing for a much larger event this year,” Mullins-Spencer said. “It’s more important than ever for our community to continue to shine and celebrate, and what better time than on the anniversary of our movement?”

RBC is at 2617 Commerce St. QueerBomb is free and open to the public from 5 p.m.-midnight. To donate to support the event, go to GoFundMe.com/queerbomb2017.

Equality March

On June 11, a local march is set to coincide with the national Equality March for Unity and Pride taking place in Washington, D.C. that day. There will be a rally at Resource Center at 7 p.m., followed by a march down Cedar Springs Road to the entertainment district.

Mullins-Spencer, who is one of the local Equality March organizers, said the local theme will be “strength, unity and love.” June 11 is the day before the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were slaughtered by a lone gunman at the Orlando gay nightclub.

The Fort Worth march will be held from 11 a.m.-noon. Participants should meet at the Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St. in downtown Fort Worth. In Austin, Austin Pride and Queer Rights ATX are holding an event from noon-4 p.m. at the Texas Capitol. And in Texarkana, march participants will gather at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Laurel and Broad streets and march to the post office downtown.

— David Taffet

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 2, 2017.